Queen Latifah: Miranda Shen/Celebrityphoto.com
EW Staff
October 17, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Queen Latifah made EW’s Power List

Age 33

Hip-hop’s answer to Mae West is a crossover bonanza: Her Oscar nom for ”Chicago” was followed by the who-knew? hit ”Bringing Down the House” ($133 million gross) — a doubleheader that grabbed Hollywood’s attention. On the docket are ”The Cookout” (with Eve), ”Taxi” (with Jimmy Fallon), ”Beauty Shop,” a ”Barbershop” spin-off built just for her, and ”Bad Girls” (with Jada Pinkett Smith). All that and time left over to rap — or rather, sing: She’s just signed up for a retro-jazz-R&B album (with Norah Jones’ producer, Arif Mardin), tour, and TV special.

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